Sanctuary Art

The murals in the sanctuary were created by artist Richard R. Caemmerer, Jr.

Panel 1 
Depicts the year from Advent through Epiphany. Blue is Advent's color, but there is the purple of repentance, as well. Since Advent anticipates Christ's Second Coming, there is a suggestion of tornadic movement (Kansas?). This "turn around" also reminds us of Mary's Magnificat at where the mighty will be cast down from their thrones and the humble of heart will be uplifted… the hungry will be filled with wondrous things, and the wealthy no part. 

This "turn around" can also be interpreted as Mary's "dance" of joy in the Magnificat. This symbolism of color leads us to the whites and golds of Christmas and Epiphany Christ's birth/return and manifestation.
Panel 2
This panel depicts the somber grays and purples of Lent and Holy Week, with a sense of blood and thorn. The "heaviness" of sin is felt in this mural. The three shades of gray help us to remember the three days Christ was in the tomb. The large central dark figure is symbolic of our own sinfulness.
Panel 3
This panel depicts the church from Easter to Pentecost. In this panel, the heaviness of our sin is shattered by the light of Easter. Out of the yellow at the left edge rises grains of wheat (Kansas?) which is the Biblical sign of Christ's Resurrection. The empty tomb and the light that is reflected upon the ground shines brightly when standing directly in front of this panel. As the light shatters the darkness, a shaft of light rises to the wall's top symbolizing the Ascension. Within the shaft of light, one can begin to see the tail of the Holy Spirit (upper right side of shaft) and the tongues of fire that were promised by Christ before ascending to heaven. The tongues of fire accumulate at the right edge of the panel as a sign of All Saints. The white tail of the dove crosses over into the next panel.
Panel 4
The right most panel depicts the Pentecost Season, or Ordinary Time. The presence of the Holy Spirit (depicted by the huge white dove) is over us. The prairie greens of the eastern foothills of Kansas can be seen. Pentecost concludes with Christ the King Sunday with the gold crown depicted on the far right side of the panel.
Richard R. Caemmere, Jr. (1934-2016)
Richard Caemmerer was the Founder and Director Emeritus of the Grunewald Guild in Plain, Washington, which he co-founded with his wife Liz in 1980. Prior to that he was Professor of Art at Valparaiso University from 1958-1980 and Chair of the Department of Art from 1972-1980. He was a past president of Christian Art Associates, a past Vice-President to the National Institute for Contemporary Ecclesiastical Art, and past Chair of the Fine Arts Commission of the Lutheran Society for Worship, Music and Art. As a visual artist, Caemmerer had commissions in stained glass, sculpture, frescos, graffiti, and tapestry from approximately 600 churches throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Central America, Germany, Africa, and Yugoslavia, representing all denominations. His paintings hang in museums and private collections around the world, he had mounted fifteen one-man shows and had won numerous awards.